National Newswatch

Parliamentarians will be hearing about the importance of the CPTPP bill this summer

Jun 22 2018 — Alex Binkley — Farm groups want passage of the bill to be a priority when Parliament resumes in September. OTTAWA—MPs and Senators can expect to hear plenty from farmers all summer about the importance of quickly passing the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) bill when they return to Parliament in the fall, farm group representatives vow. They […]

EU plays its trump card on US tariffs

Jun 20 2018 — — The EU has said its retaliatory tariffs on US goods will kick-in from Friday – six weeks after America slapped import duties on the bloc’s steel and aluminium products. Officials in Brussels, spearheading the member states’ response, said the list of US imports that will now face an extra duty at the EU border includes […]

Trudeau Has Billions of Reasons to Dig In Against Trump on Dairy

Jun 19 2018 — — Justin Trudeau’s defense of Canadian dairy tariffs isn’t just about farmers and politics — it’s about debt, too. The prime minister squared off with Donald Trump this month over Canada’s “supply management” system, which sets quotas for dairy, eggs and poultry and charges high tariffs above that threshold. Despite a U.S. surplus on dairy trade […]

Canada can end dairy trade dispute with U.S. by ending pricing irritant: Saputo

Jun 19 2018 — — Canada can preserve its dairy supply management system and resolve its trade dispute with the United States over dairy subsidies by ending its domestic milk ingredient pricing system, the head of Canada’s largest dairy processor said Monday. Despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s tweets denouncing Canada’s supply management system, dairy farmers across the border aren’t petitioning […]

The fear of a trade war is already straining global economy

Jun 17 2018 — — Only a few months ago, the global economy appeared to be humming, with all major countries growing in unison. Now, the world’s fortunes are imperiled by an unfolding trade war. As the Trump administration imposes tariffs on allies and rivals alike, provoking broad retaliation, global commerce is suffering disruption, flashing signs of strains that could […]

Get ready for auto tariffs, U.S. congressman warns

Jun 16 2018 — — U.S. President Donald Trump isn’t playing around — and Canada should brace itself for new tariffs on autos, U.S. Congressman Kevin Cramer warned this week. “We have to take him at his word,” Cramer, a Republican from North Dakota, told CBC Radio’s The House on Friday. Trump simultaneously withdrew his government’s approval of the G7 […]

China: ‘The US has launched a trade war’

Jun 15 2018 — — The world’s two biggest economies are now at war over trade. China accused the United States of firing the first shot on Friday when the White House confirmed that it would impose tariffs of 25% on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods. The announcement confirms a threat first made by President Donald Trump in March […]

Americans reach across the border, urge Canadians to ignore Trump

Jun 15 2018 — — Usually, it’s Canadians who are quick to say sorry. But United States President Donald Trump’s recent bashing of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has prompted some Americans to reach over the border, apologize, and tell Canadians the two countries remain friends and allies. And it’s not just celebrities such as actor Robert De Niro. A group […]

Ontario’s Doug Ford to make case for NAFTA deal to U.S. counterparts

Jun 14 2018 — — Vowing to stand with the federal Liberals, Ontario’s Progressive Conservative premier-designate said he will travel widely in the United States in a bid to help bolster continuing and complex NAFTA talks. Doug Ford emerged from a nearly hour-long meeting Thursday afternoon with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Canada’s ambassador to the United States, pledging […]

Trade War History Is Not on Justin Trudeau’s Side

Jun 14 2018 — — In 1969, Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau reflected on his country’s relationship with the United States in a speech to the Washington Press Club. “Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant,” he said. “No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast…one is affected by every twitch and grunt.”

Canada-US relations at a low after Trudeau-Trump trade tiff

Jun 14 2018 — — For the first time in decades, one of the world’s most durable and amicable alliances faces serious strain as Canadians — widely seen as some of the nicest, politest people on Earth — absorb Donald Trump’s insults against their prime minister and attacks on their country’s trade policies. Some Canadians are urging Prime Minister Justin […]